Around 1956 David Marshall and a friend George of Downieville rode their bikes from Downieville to Nevada City. The last few years as David approached his 70’s, he decided to once again take to Highway 49 on a two wheeler, powered by leg muscle, vehicle on the 47 mile trip. A pool was entered by friends to guess how long it would take. Part of the pool was the time he would give up on the attempt. Times varied from 4 hours to more than eight (by his beloved younger daughter). And so the date was set for early Monday morning September 24. This was a dream almost completed in the summer of 2011 except it was too darn hot and never the right time, in spite of an arduous training regimen. This year, the idea was formulated and without near enough training the weather was right and the time was set and off he went.
Asked about the ride, David said,” it was fine, I stopped and snacked on Depot Hill and then again in North San Juan, and I never realized how much traffic there is on the Hywy after NSJ”. According to David there wasn’t much time to enjoy the scenery, mostly he had to watch the road. No rattlesnakes or wildlife interfered with the ride.
Six hours and 10 minutes later David arrived in Nevada City.
And the proud winner of the Pool? Dave’s brother, Jack Marshall who guessed 6 hours. Jack will receive his prize in the future, someday, maybe.